The School:

From the London Borough of Ealing, John Perryn Primary is in its fifth year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Back in school, students have been busy developing their Enterprise Skills by taking on a broad range of Lesson-Time Projects, but also by completing whole-school Challenge Days when, for example, they investigated a mysterious crime scene, or more recently, when they created a wide range of hybrid vehicle prototypes that would be fit for future generations. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 4 to put all eight of their essential enterprise skills to the test outside the classroom, particularly honing in on Staying Positive and Problem Solving in the world of work, with the support from professional business volunteers.

The Business:

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s leading providers of personalised, discretionary wealth management services, offering investment management and financial planning services to investors and intermediaries. With origins dating back to the mid-18th century, they were one of the founding firms of the London Stock Exchange. They have 28 offices throughout the UK & Ireland and have a wealth of experience dealing with investment markets.
Today’s volunteers – Grace, Nick, Nunya, Shanice and Teya – came with their financial expertise to support the budding entrepreneurs on this stretching challenge.

The Challenge: Lend-a-Hand

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Teams were savvy about getting as much advice as possible from the volunteers on how to use their skills to the best.
Taking on the role of Financial Advisors, students were given the task of advising a client to make sensible financial decisions for a range of different life events. Teams had to stretch their Problem Solving skills and work out the pros and cons of different suggestions. Taking the priorities and needs of the client on board, teams then worked together to suggest the best possible course of action for their client. The teams’ Staying Positive skills were put to the test when they realised that decisions they had made earlier on were having an impact on the advice they were giving their client later in the day.
The day culminated in teams reporting on the advice they gave their client and shared their top tips on financial advice. Volunteers watched the presentations and had an opportunity to feed back to each team on their successes. The aspiring financials impressed the adults so much that each team was awarded a certificate for the enterprise skill they demonstrated the most today.

What they said:

  • “The day was run really well and I think the children got a lot out of it. I think they’ve learnt that sometimes they will have to compromise and give up on their ideas and opinions.” – Teacher
  • “I really enjoyed today – it was fun!” – Volunteer
  • “And their presentations were really good!” – Volunteer
  • “The skill of Working in a Team is really important at that age – you could see they were all learning gradually through the day.” – Volunteer
  • “It was a good opportunity: I’ll do it again.” – Volunteer
  • “I’m proud of my team because we listened to everyone’s ideas and we were compromising so everyone was happy with the decisions that we made.” – Student
  • “I’m proud after today because I feel I will be able to take on any problem when I am a grown-up.” – Student
  • “I’m usually quite shy, but today I’m proud that I was able to do the presentation at the front with my team.” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip day!

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting

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